BLF paid to disrupt those tackling state capture and Guptas - Anton Harber

On Thursday evening members of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement disrupted an event hosted by the Amabhungane Institute for Investigative Journalism. The meeting was titled 'Inside the GuptaLeaks'.

Professor Anton Harber, veteran editor, and head of Wits Journalism says a disruption like that of the BLF will not prevent the media coverage of the Gupta leaks, but will rather draw more attention to the matter instead.

Read: "Eskom had no choice but to act against Singh"

If that's the range of their activity, to disrupt a town hall discussion amongst journalists, then that's pretty peripheral stuff.

Professor Anton Harber, veteran editor and head of Wits Journalism

Harber suggests the BLF is paid and encouraged to disrupt those that are tackling issues around state capture and the Guptas. He adds that their interests are to spread fear and promote their distinct brand of racism.

He says editors have the dilemma between not ignoring things and hiding news that is of public interest, while also treading carefully with overplaying coverage of a small group of trouble makers and disruptors.

Listen to the full interview in the audio clip:


This article first appeared on 702 : BLF paid to disrupt those tackling state capture and Guptas - Anton Harber


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
I have no confidence in  President Zuma - ANC MP Mondli Gungubele

I have no confidence in President Zuma - ANC MP Mondli Gungubele

The ANC MP tells Stephen Grootes that he will not support President Zuma in no confidence vote if nothing has changed by then.

[UPDATE] State capture event continues despite BLF disruption

[UPDATE] State capture event continues despite BLF disruption

amaBhungane organised Thursday evening's meeting called 'Inside the GuptaLeaks' to discuss the leaked email saga.

#GuptaLeaks reveals BLF's Andile Mgxitama as role player in silencing the media

#GuptaLeaks reveals BLF's Andile Mgxitama as role player in silencing the media

Leaked emails show that Mngxitama was instructed to question the funding of online publication, BizNews in order to silence it.

Civil society conference to focus on #GuptaLeaks, tackling state capture

Civil society conference to focus on #GuptaLeaks, tackling state capture

The Conference for the Future of South Africa is in an effort bring about state integrity and fight state capture in coordination.

There are other ways to take media to task, says media body

There are other ways to take media to task, says media body

The Freedom of Expression Institute says there is no excuse for harassing and intimidating journalists and or media outlets.

Clock ticking for BLF to renounce violent threats - Sanef chair

Clock ticking for BLF to renounce violent threats - Sanef chair

Sanef chair Mahlatse Gallens says the BLF have been given 12 hours to renounce violence on their website and social media pages.

Media freedom wins the day

Media freedom wins the day

Tusi Fokani from the Freedom of Expression Institute says they welcome the ruling of Johannesburg High Court.

Sanef granted interdict against BLF over threats on journos

Sanef granted interdict against BLF over threats on journos

EWN's Hitekani Magwedze reports BLF members are not happy with Sanef, saying its members are captured by white monopoly capital

"Bell Pottinger is no ordinary PR firm, it runs dirty tricks campaigns globally"

"Bell Pottinger is no ordinary PR firm, it runs dirty tricks campaigns globally"

Crisis manager and reputation consultant, Chris Vick dissects the magnitude of damage created by Bell Pottinger in South Africa.

BLF urgent interdict judgment on journo assaults to be handed down midday Friday

BLF urgent interdict judgment on journo assaults to be handed down midday Friday

Sanef chairperson says they are happy that the presiding judge acknowledged the urgency of the matter.

Popular articles
The UAE is pumping billions into the Horn of Africa

The UAE is pumping billions into the Horn of Africa

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa correspondent Lee Kasumba

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

Marianne Thamm wrote the forward to 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' and worked with Mark Minnie in editing the controversial book.

'The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society film will leave you hooked'

'The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society film will leave you hooked'

Film reviewer Gayle Edmunds chats about 'The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society' film, and what movie-goers can expect.

[READ] Owner of CPT's YogaZone responds to racial claims made by yoga instructor

[READ] Owner of CPT's YogaZone responds to racial claims made by yoga instructor

Africa chats to the owner of YogaZone after a yoga teacher called in to speak about the racism she experienced from a co-worker.

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

Young(ish) South Africans tell stories of the mixed emotions they feel when supporting family members, and tips from an advisor.

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Juan Sanchez shares stories of Fidel Castro that’ll make you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the Cuban dictator.

How Tracey Chambers is helping unemployed moms become entrepreneurs

How Tracey Chambers is helping unemployed moms become entrepreneurs

The Clothing Bank gives women access to discounted merchandise and 500 hours of training in money management and business skills.